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Scientific publications


Critical factors for crop-livestock integration beyond the farm level: A cross-analysis of worldwide case studies
Asai, M., M. Moraine, J. Ryschawy, J. de Wit, A.K. Hoshide and G. Martin. 2018. Critical factors for crop-livestock integration beyond the farm level: A cross-analysis of worldwide case studies. Land Use Policy. 73(April):184-194.
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.12.010
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Feather-pecking and injurious pecking in organic laying hens in 107 flocks from eight European countries
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer, F. Smajlhodzic, J. Heerkens, L. Hinrichsen, C. Brenninkmeyer, V. Ferrante, A. Willett and S. Gunnarsson. 2017. Feather-pecking and injurious pecking in organic laying hens in 107 flocks from eight European countries. Animal Welfare. 26:355-363.
DOI: 10.7120/09627286.26.3.355
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Nutritional potential of fodder trees on clay and sandy soils
Luske, B. and N.J.M. van Eekeren. 2017. Nutritional potential of fodder trees on clay and sandy soils. Agroforest Syst.
DOI: 10.1007/s10457-017-0180-8
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How to fulfill EU requirements to feed organic laying hens 100% organic ingredients.
Krimpen, M. van, F. Leenstra, V. Maurer and M.W.P. Bestman. 2016. How to fulfill EU requirements to feed organic laying hens 100% organic ingredients. The journal of applied poultry research. 25(1):129-138.
DOI: 10.3382/japr/pfv048
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Prevalence and magnitude of helminth infections in organic laying hens (Gallus gallus domesticus) across Europe
Thapa, S., L. Hinrichsen, C. Brenninkmeyer, S. Gunnarsson, J. Heerkens, C. Verwer, K. Niebuhr, A. Willett, G. Grilli, S.M. Thamsborg, J. Sørensen and H. Mejer. 2015. Prevalence and magnitude of helminth infections in organic laying hens (Gallus gallus domesticus) across Europe. Veterinary Parasitology. 214:118-124.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2015.10.009
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Health and Welfare in Dutch Organic Laying Hens
Bestman, M.W.P. and J. Wagenaar. 2014. Health and Welfare in Dutch Organic Laying Hens. Animals. 4(2):374-390.
DOI: 10.3390/ani4020374
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Laying hen performance in different production systems; why do they differ and how to close the gap? Results of discussions with groups of farmers in The Netherlands, Switzerland and France, benchmarking and model ds, Switzerland and France, benchmar
Leenstra, F., V. Maurer, F. Galea, M.W.P. Bestman, Z. Amsler-Kepalaite, J. Visscher, I. Vermeij and M. van Krimpen. 2014. Laying hen performance in different production systems; why do they differ and how to close the gap? Results of discussions with groups of farmers in The Netherlands, Switzerland and France, benchmarking and model ds, Switzerland and France, benchmar. Journal European Poultry Science. 78(201).
DOI: 10.1399/eps.2014.53
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Prevalence and Molecular Characteristics of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Organic Pig Herds
Vijver, L.P.L. van de, P. Tulinsky, N. Bondt, D.J. Mevius and C. Verwer. 2014. Prevalence and Molecular Characteristics of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Organic Pig Herds. Zoonoses and Public Health. 61(5):338-345.
DOI: 10.1111/zph.12076
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Proceedings etc.


Dairy farming and biodiversity: seeking for a better balance
Eekeren, N.J.M. van, J.W. Erisman, J. de Wit, C.J. Koopmans, W.J.M. Cuijpers and N. Oerlemans. 2018. Dairy farming and biodiversity: seeking for a better balance. p. 685-687. In: EGF 2018: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe. Cork, Ireland. 17-21 June 2018.
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Amazing Grazing: effect of cutting height and defoliation frequency on grass production and feeding value
Holshof, G., R.L.G. Zom and N.J.M. van Eekeren. 2018. Amazing Grazing: effect of cutting height and defoliation frequency on grass production and feeding value. p. 237-239. In: EGF 2018: Sustainable meat and milk production from grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe. Cork, Ireland. 17-21 June 2018.
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Effect of feeding the grass fibrous fraction obtained from biorefinery on N ans P utilisation of dairy cows
Pijlman, J., S. Koopmans, G. de Haan, F. Lenssinck, K.M. van Houwelingen, J.P.M. Sanders, J.G.C. Deru and J.W. Erisman. 2018. Effect of feeding the grass fibrous fraction obtained from biorefinery on N ans P utilisation of dairy cows. p. 431-433. In: 20th Nitrogen Workshop: "Coupling C-N-P-S cycles". Rennes, France. 25-27 June 2018.
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Feather pecking and cannibalism in 107 organic laying hen flocks in 8 European countries
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer, F. Smajlhodzic, J. Heerkens, L. Hinrichsen, C. Brenninkmeyer, V. Ferrante, A. Willett and S. Gunnarsson. 2016. Feather pecking and cannibalism in 107 organic laying hen flocks in 8 European countries. p. 48. In: 16th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animal. Wageningen. 20-23 June.
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Predation of free range laying hens.
Bestman, M.W.P. and J. Ouwejan. 2016. Predation of free range laying hens. p. 283. In: 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 12-15th July.
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Bottlenecks and solutions for introducing agroforestry
Luske, B., K. van Veluw and M. Vonk. 2016. Bottlenecks and solutions for introducing agroforestry: a case study for The Netherlands. In: 3rd European Agroforestry Conference 2016. Montpellier, France. 23-25 mei.
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Quality of apple trees and apples in poultry free range areas
Timmermans, B.G.H. and M.W.P. Bestman. 2016. Quality of apple trees and apples in poultry free range areas. p. 420-423. In: 3rd European Agroforestry Conference 2016. Montpellier, France. 23-25 mei.
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Goats choose to eat trees when having free choice
Bestman, M.W.P., M. Stoffelsma, C. Verwer and N.J.M. van Eekeren. 2014. Goats choose to eat trees when having free choice. p. 250-251. In: 2nd European Agroforestry Conference. Cottbus, Germany. 4-6 June.
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Introducing trees in dairy and poultry farms
Bestman, M.W.P., N.J.M. van Eekeren, B. Luske, M. Vonk, E. Anssems, M. Boosten and M. van Bree. 2014. Introducing trees in dairy and poultry farms: Experiences dairy and poultry farmers’ networks in The Netherlands. In: IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014. Istanbul, Turkey. 13-15 oktober 2014.
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Farm based breeding of dual purpose poultry
Nauta, W.J., G. Slingenbergh, W. Vredevoogd, J. Wagenaar and M.W.P. Bestman. 2014. Farm based breeding of dual purpose poultry: Experiences from a biodynamic poultry farm in The Netherlands. In: IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014. Istanbul, Turkey. 13-15 oktober 2014.
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Brochures, books & reports


Strooiselstalsystemen: ammoniak en andere emissies, dierwelzijn en mestkwaliteit
Pijlman, J., G. Monteny and J. de Wit. 2018. Litter housing systems: ammonia and other emissions, animal welfare and manure quality. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Rep. 2018-027 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Bunnik. 57 p.
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Verkenning Kalf bij de Koe
Verwer, C., L. Daniels, A. Antonis and R. Ferwerda-van Zonneveld. 2018. State of the art Dam Rearing of Calves – a sector-wide assessment of scientific and practical knowledge on dam-rearing systems. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Louis Bolk Instituut, Bunnik. 64 p.
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Lessons learnt - agroforestry for organic and free-range egg production in the Netherlands
Bestman, M.W.P. 2017. Lessons learnt - agroforestry for organic and free-range egg production in the Netherlands. Louis Bolk Instituut, Bunnik. 15 p.
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Wat zijn de mogelijkheden om een leverbotinfectie van melkvee te voorkomen?
Neijenhuis, F., C. Verwer and J. Verkaik. 2017. Possibilities to prevent infection with liver fluke in dairy cattle. (In Dutch.). Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 66 p.
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Kwaliteit van appelbomen en appels in kippenuitlopen. Groeiseizoen 2016
Timmermans, B.G.H. and M.W.P. Bestman. 2017. Quality of apple trees and apples in poultry free range areas - results season 2016. (In Dutch.). Rep. 2016-031 LbP. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 26 p.
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Uitval van bedrijfsmatig gehouden kippen door toedoen van roofvogels
Bestman, M.W.P. 2016. Mortality of free range poultry due to predation. (In Dutch.). Rep. 2016-005 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 58 p.
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Wilde vogels in en bij kippenuitlopen in relatie tot beplanting en landschap
Bestman, M.W.P. and J. Wagenaar. 2016. Wild birds in poultry free range areas in relation to woody vegetation and landscape. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Rep. 2015-041 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 39 p.
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Kwaliteit van appelbomen en appels in kippenuitlopen
Timmermans, B.G.H. and M.W.P. Bestman. 2016. Quality of apple trees and apples grown in outdoor ranges for chickens: growing season 2015. (In Dutch.). Rep. 2016-008 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 24 p.
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Rode klaver als kippenvoer
Wit, J. de, M.W.P. Bestman and H. Corten. 2016. Red clover as poultry feed: research results 2015/2016. (In Dutch.). Rep. 2016-033 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 18 p.
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Bomen voor Buitenkippen
Bestman, M.W.P. 2015. Trees for chickens. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 24 p.
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Geiten in de Leemkuilen
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer and M. Stoffelsma. 2015. Goats in the Leemkuilen nature area: effects on vegetation and animal health. (In Dutch.). Rep. 2015-038 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 25 p.
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Biodiversiteit in de melkveehouderij
Erisman, J.W., N.J.M. van Eekeren, W.J.M. Cuijpers and J. de Wit. 2014. Biodiversity in dairy farming: Investing in resilience and risk reduction. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Rep. 2014‐042 LbD. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 55 p.
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Integrale diergezondheid: beheersing van leverbot
Neijenhuis, F., J. Verkaik, C. Verwer, G. Smolders and J. Wagenaar. 2014. Integrative animal health: controlling liverfluke. (In Dutch.). Wageningen UR, Livestock Research, Lelystad. 44 p.
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Specialist journal articles, leaflets, newsletters, etc


Professional apple orchards in poultry free range areas. Get revenues from your investment in animal welfare.
Bestman, M.W.P. and B.G.H. Timmermans. 2018. Professional apple orchards in poultry free range areas. Get revenues from your investment in animal welfare. 2 p.
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Mini-paper- Indicators for robust and resilient dairy farming
Bodas, R., P. Lonch, G. Hoffmann, J. Pires, D. Mirbach, C. Verwer and M. Haskell. 2018. Mini-paper- Indicators for robust and resilient dairy farming. EIP-AGRI.
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Mini-paper - Sustainable (robust and resilient) systems of milk production for dairy cows
Brady, M., C. Verwer, K. Lund Lecornu, K. Wosnitza and I. Vuylsteke. 2018. Mini-paper - Sustainable (robust and resilient) systems of milk production for dairy cows. EIP-AGRI.
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CORE Organic Cofund FreeBirds
Gunnarsson, S., V. Ferrante, A. Brinch Riber, M.W.P. Bestman, J. Marchewka, F. Tuyttens, A. Ipek, T. van Niekerk and B. Rodenburg. 2018. CORE Organic Cofund FreeBirds: Encouraging organic chickens and hens to be more outdoors.
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Mini-paper - Skills for the future robust and resilient dairy farming - curriculum for farmers and farm advisor
Suojala, L., M. Brady, C. Verwer, K. Wosnitza and I. Vuylsteke. 2018. Mini-paper - Skills for the future robust and resilient dairy farming - curriculum for farmers and farm advisor. EIP-AGRI.
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Leverbotbestrijding: risico's & kansen deel II: vang slak in plaats van bot
Verkaik, J., F. Neijenhuis and C. Verwer. 2017. Liver fluke prevention: risks and opportunities part II: catch snail instead of fluke. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Ekoland. juli/aug, p. 20-21.
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Leverbotbestrijding: risico’s & kansen
Verwer, C., J. Verkaik and F. Neijenhuis. 2017. Liver fluke prevention: risks and opportunities - instrument for farm risk factor analysis. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. juni, p. 24-25.
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Resultaten onderzoek bio ook interessant voor gangbaar
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer and J. Heerkens. 2016. Results of organic poultry study also relevant for conventional poultry systems. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 46:22-24.
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Wilde vogels in de kippenuitloop
Bestman, M.W.P. and J. Wagenaar. 2016. Wild birds in outdoor chicken ranges. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 46:30-31.
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Louis Bolk Instituut 40 jaar: Denken in gezonde systemen
Erisman, J.W. 2016. Thinking in terms of healthy systems: Presentation at the Louis Bolk Institute's 40th anniversary Symposium, 12 October 2016. (In Dutch.).
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Klimaatrichtlijnen op basis welzijnsonderzoek
Vicca, J., W. Govaerts and C. Verwer. 2016. Indoor climate guidelines for dairy goat farms: Animal welfare study shows that light intensity could be improved. (In Dutch.). V-focus. April:40-41.
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Meer krachtvoer economisch vaak aantrekkelijk
Wit, J. de and S. van de Goor. 2016. Higher concentrate levels are often economically viable. To secure regionality of organic dairy production an additional standard is needed. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. December, p. 24-26.
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Fruitteelt in de kippenuitloop: zelf doen, uitbesteden of samenwerken
Bestman, M.W.P., A. Manintveld and J.R. Bloksma. 2015. Fruit production in outdoor chicken ranges: do-it-yourself, contract a specialist, or collaborate. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 45:22-24.
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Diergezondheid en welzijn van biologische leghennen. Aanbevelingen naar aanleiding van Europees onderzoek Healthy Hens.
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer, C. Brenninkmeyer, U. Knierim, J.T. Soerensen, L. Hinrichsen, A. Willett, K. Niebuhr, F. Smajlhodzic, P. Errari, V. Ferrante, S. Gunnarsson, F. Tuyttens and J. Heerkens. 2015. Promoting health and welfare in organic laying hens. Recommendations based on the European research project HealthyHens. (In Dutch.). Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 9 p.
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Promoting good health and welfare in organic laying hens
Bestman, M.W.P., C. Verwer, C. Brenninkmeyer, U. Knierim, J.T. Soerensen, L. Hinrichsen, A. Willett, K. Niebuhr, F. Smajlhodzic, P. Errari, V. Ferrante, S. Gunnarsson, F. Tuyttens and J. Heerkens. 2015. Promoting good health and welfare in organic laying hens: Recommendations to ensure hen health and welfare in organic husbandry. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen. 9 p.
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Kip in 't fruit, boom in de uitloop
Bestman, M.W.P., J.R. Bloksma and A. Manintveld. 2015. Opportunities for collaboration between fruit growers and poultry farmers. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. juli/augustus 2015, p. 24-26.
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Voederbomen in de wei
Eekeren, N.J.M. van, B. Luske, M. Vonk and E. Anssems. 2015. Fodder trees in pastures: Leaves are a healthy and nutritious supplement to the regular diet of ruminant livestock. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. Februari 2015, p. 22-23.
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Bijen horen er bij
Janmaat, L. and B. Luske. 2015. Where would we be without bees? Bees take care of pollination and contribute to on-farm biodiversity. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. september 2015, p. 14-15.
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Leverbot in kaart gebracht
Verkaik, J. and C. Verwer. 2015. Liver fluke disease: prevalence in the Netherlands. (In Dutch.). V-Focus. Juni 2015, p. 27-29.
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Samenvatting project Kip en Ei: Een verkenning naar de toepassing van insecteneiwit in pluimveevoer
Verwer, C., M. Peters and E. Michels. 2015. Chicken & Egg: Exploring the use of sustainable insect protein in poultry feed Project Summary. (In Dutch, with English abstract.).
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Leverbot in kaart gebracht
Wagenaar, J. 2015. Like fluke disease: diagnosis, treatment and prevention. (In Dutch.). Ekoland. Maart 2015, p. 24-25.
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KAT kijkt strenger
Bestman, M.W.P. 2014. KAT's requirements for outdoor range areas are stricter. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 44:24-25.
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Walnoten in de uitloop
Bestman, M.W.P. and A. Oosterbaan. 2014. Walnut trees in outdoor ranges. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Pluimveehouderij. 44:26-27.
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Algen in kippenvoer
Bestman, M.W.P. and C. Verwer. 2014. Algae in chicken feed. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 28 februari 2014, p. 24-25.
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Agroforestry, hype of duurzaam perspectief?
Bestman, M.W.P. and L. Janmaat. 2014. Agroforestry, hype or sustainable prospect? Research shows that agroforestry is useful, but is it also profitable? (In Dutch.). Ekoland. Juli/augustus, p. 22-23.
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In grasland meeste risico
Bestman, M.W.P. and T. Vogel. 2014. AI risk greatest in outdoor range areas with grasses. (In Dutch.). Pluimveehouderij. 44:30-31.
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Goud van Oud Grasland #2
Bomhof, B., N.J.M. van Eekeren and G. Iepema. 2014. Goud van Oud Grasland #2.
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Goud van Oud Grasland #1
Bomhof, B., N.J.M. van Eekeren, G. Iepema and L. Daniels. 2014. Goud van Oud Grasland #1.
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Goud van Oud Grasland #3
Bomhof, B., N.J.M. van Eekeren, G. Iepema and M.W. van Bruggen. 2014. grass production, feed, biodiversity, water regulation, CO2. (In Dutch.).
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Zo doen de Denen het
Dokter, B. and M.W.P. Bestman. 2014. Poultry farming the Danish way. (In Dutch, with English abstract.). Pluimveehouderij. 44:28-29.
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Samenvatting conceptueel kader Biodiversiteit in de melkveehouderij
Erisman, J.W., N.J.M. van Eekeren, W.J.M. Cuijpers and J. de Wit. 2014. Biodiversity in dairy farming: Investing in resilience and risk reduction. (In Dutch, with English abstract.).
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